2022 : The ones that got away

Welcome to my final look back at the year that was 2022.

At the start of every year, there seem to be books you were determined to read the year before but somehow never got around to. You were all excited about them, preordered them, they arrived … and then they ended up on the shelves collecting dust while other shiny new things took precedence. That’s not just me, right?

So I thought I’d shine a spotlight on a few that didn’t make it off my TBR in 2022. Maybe it’ll spur me on to read them this year. Or maybe they’ll just continue to collect dust on the shelves, alongside all the shiny new ones I will be purchasing this year. We are not taking any bets.

Fredrik Backman – The Winners : The final book in the Beartown trilogy. Actually read about 100 pages of this last year and then set it aside as I was in danger of failing my Goodreads challenge and I needed shorter books. So very good, though. Look forward to getting back to it.

Chuck Wendig – Wayward : Follow-up to The Wanderers. Reading this one now, actually. See? The spurring on is already working ๐Ÿ˜‰. It’s a mere 797 pages long, though. Might take me a while.

Sharon Bolton – The Buried : Follow up to The Craftsman, which was published a bajillion years ago. It seemed like this sequel might never come and when it finally did … on the shelf it went ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Now I’m thinking I should read The Craftsman again first because I’m old and don’t really remember much about it.

Bonnie Garmus – Lessons In Chemistry : I did actually start this one last year but it wasn’t grabbing me at all. Since it’s been getting such great reviews though, I just assumed it was me and I’m determined to try it again.

Johana Gustawsson – The Bleeding : Seems like forever since we got something new from Johana. I was definitely hugely excited about this one. The one time I tried to read it, my head wasn’t in the right place. Trying again this year, for sure!

Theo Clare – The Book of Sand : Theo Clare, also known as the late Mo Hayder. Not quite my genre but giving it the benefit of the doubt because it’s Mo Hayder. ‘Nuff said.

Taylor Jenkins-Reid : Carrie Soto Is Back : I had preordered this one from Goldsboro to add to my spredges collection. It took them nearly 5 months to send it so by the time it arrived, I’d forgotten all about it and into the special edition cabinet it went, where it has remained.

Joanna Cannon – A Tidy Ending : This is a weird one because I could have sworn I read it. Must have dreamt that ๐Ÿ˜ณ.

Alison Weir – Elizabeth of York, The Last White Rose : I’ve read a lot about the Tudors era but I really wanted to read about the period that came before them. Weir clearly read my mind when she published this novel about Elizabeth of York. So obviously I didn’t read it because that’s just how I roll. This year!

There you have it. Nine goodies that will not be on the TBR anymore by the end of this year. She said convincingly.

Have you read any of these or would you like to? Which one would be your first pick? Happy reading! xx

  11 comments for “2022 : The ones that got away

  1. January 10, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I recommend the Joanna Cannon book. Carrie Soto is good too though not my favourite TJR. I still want to read Lessons in Chemistry. Maybe this year!

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    • January 10, 2023 at 10:18 am

      I think that might also be part of why Carrie didn’t make it out of that display cabinet last year. I absolutely adored Evelyn Hugo and nothing else I’ve read by Taylor has come close to that one.

      I’m definitely going to read Joanna’s. I loved Three Things About Elsie so I have high hopes for this one too.

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  2. January 10, 2023 at 10:13 am

    OMG! How did I not know that there is a new book in the Beartown Trilogy. So glad I read this post ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you’ll get a chance to read all these titles this year. They all look great.

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    • January 10, 2023 at 10:15 am

      And I’m glad I was able to put it on your radar, Diana! Hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it. It’s a big one!


  3. Karen
    January 10, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Good luck. I also recommend bumping up the Joanna Cannon. I bought Lessons in Chemistry when it came out and still haven’t read it….I preordered The Buried not realising that you needed to have read The Craftsman (which I still have on a shelf somewhere).

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  4. January 10, 2023 at 11:46 am

    I’m still not sure how I feel about Carrie Soto, definitely not my fave. i got a lovely Waterstones special edition of Lessons in Chemistry for Christmas, but I have heard mixed reviews about it, so I’m putting off reading it for the moment in case that influences me. :/

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  5. January 10, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    The Craftsman has been lingering on my shelf for ages…perhaps I’ll get round to it this year ๐Ÿ˜…

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